WARNING - GRAPHIC CONTENT: CCTV footage has emerged of the moment a man stabbed a police officer at Sydney’s Central Station on Good Friday.
Constable Hayden Edwards, 30, was attacked with a knife at about 6.45pm on Friday.
Footage obtained by The Sunday Telegraph shows a man approach two police officers before appearing to plunge a knife into Constable Edwards’ back.
The constable falls to the floor before he and his colleague draw their weapons.
The suspect can be seen wielding the knife as Constable Edwards returns to his feet and closes in on the attacker.
Another officer arrives before the man disappears out of shot.
Hunting knife, 45cm long, allegedly used
Transport officers were dealing with an unrelated matter on a platform when Constable Edwards was stabbed.
He was taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he underwent surgery for a 6cm cut to his back overnight.
He was discharged from the hospital on Saturday evening.
A 53-year-old man, later identified as Mark Thompson, was arrested at the scene after being stunned with a Taser.
He allegedly used a 45cm-long hunting knife which had a 30cm blade, Assistant Commissioner Karen Webb said.
"Having seen an image of that knife - our officer is very lucky to only have minor injuries," Ms Webb told reporters on Saturday.
"(It) was an unprovoked attack. We allege the offender has approached with some vigour."
Thompson was charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful arrest, resisting arrest and having a knife in a public place.
Thompson did not appear in court when his matter was heard at Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday morning.
Bail was not applied for and it was formally refused.
Police officer had just moved to Sydney
Constable Edwards, who has been a member of the police force for three years, moved to Sydney only recently after transferring from Moree in northern NSW.
Chief Inspector Paul Carrett said the "very competent" officer was sore and tired after the attack.
"A stabbing of a police officer - unprovoked - is a very serious matter," Insp Carrett.
The police union described the attack as "cowardly" and said it highlighted the dangers police officers face on the job.
"The offender has just walked up behind the police officer, who was doing his job talking to someone else, and stabbed him in the back," Police Association of NSW president Tony King told reporters on Saturday.
"It's a cowardly act from behind."
Thompson's matter will next appear before Central Local Court on June 18.
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